LONDON — Tons of of world leaders have flown in, billions are anticipated to look at all over the world and the ultimate members of the epically lengthy line of mourners have paid their last respects. Britain is now prepared to put to relaxation its longest serving monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, marking the top of an era-defining reign.
The royal household can be joined by 2,000 dignitaries for the state funeral at Westminster Abbey, with enormous crowds anticipated to line the streets of London outdoors.
The queen’s coffin will then be carried via the guts of the British capital, with King Charles III and his siblings, in addition to the queen’s grandsons, Princes William and Harry, main the solemn procession behind her casket.
Elizabeth will then make her last journey to Windsor, the place she can be buried alongside her late husband, Prince Philip, simply over a 12 months after his dying.
Right here’s what to know:
- A line that stretched for miles alongside London’s River Thames has ended after the ultimate public mourners paid their final respects to the queen.
- Elizabeth can be laid to relaxation on Monday, with thousands and thousands of individuals all over the world anticipated to look at the grand state funeral.
- King Charles III and his siblings, in addition to his sons Prince William and Harry and different royals, will lead a procession behind the queen’s coffin Monday as it’s carried from Westminster Corridor to Westminster Abbey, the place her funeral can be held.
- The queen’s coffin will then be taken to Windsor, the place she can be laid to relaxation alongside her husband, Prince Philip.
Comply with right here for dwell protection.
Doorways to Westminster Abbey open
The doorways of Westminster Abbey, the place the queen’s funeral can be held at the moment, have opened.
Politicians and different dignitaries invited to Elizabeth’s funeral at the moment are capable of file into the abbey.
The queen’s coffin is anticipated to reach at 10:52 a.m. (5:52 a.m. ET), with the funeral service to start at 11 a.m. (6 a.m. ET).
Mourners arrive practically 10 hours forward of funeral service
Andy Livsey, 65, and his accomplice Katie David, 55, arrived simply after 1 a.m. early Monday morning (8 p.m. Sunday ET) and can have been ready virtually 10 hours earlier than the funeral really begins.
“It’s so pleasant down right here and we’ve met some beautiful folks,” mentioned Livsey, who lives in Cornwall and bought a lodge room in London only for the event.
“We’ve bought some snacks however the bottom line is minimal water consumption — for apparent causes.”
‘I’ll miss her terribly,’ Canada’s PM says forward of queen’s funeral
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who’s one among 500 international dignitaries attending the queen’s funeral on Monday, mentioned he first met Elizabeth II greater than 40 years in the past when his father was the prime minister of Canada, and continues to be “absorbing” the information of her dying.
In an interview to the BBC, Trudeau mentioned coming to London and never with the ability to see the monarch is one thing that catches him “off guard a bit bit.”
“I’ll miss her terribly,” a visibly emotional Trudeau mentioned.
Ultimate mourners depart Westminster Corridor as queen’s mendacity in state ends
This is what to anticipate at the moment as Britain marks finish of an period
Thousands and thousands of individuals from all over the world can be watching as Queen Elizabeth’s II is laid to relaxation in a state funeral.
At round 10:45 a.m. native time (5:45 a.m. ET), a gun carriage carrying the queen’s coffin will depart from Westminster Corridor to Westminster Abbey, with King Charles III and different members of the royal household following behind.
The funeral service is anticipated to start at 11 a.m. (6 a.m. ET), with the Dean of Westminster, the Very Reverend Dr. David Hoyle, to conduct the service.
Later, the queen will embark upon her last journey, to Windsor, the place she can be buried alongside her beloved husband, the late Prince Philip.